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Royal Beauty Bright

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After an autistic man ends up in the trenches of World War I, a nun-turned-journalist dances with treason to care for him, and a candy store clerk posing as Santa Claus risks everything to bring him home.  

Luther Baker is a kind-hearted autistic man with a savant’s knack for making chocolate truffles. His entire life, he has worked in his family’s sweet shop alongsi
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Blank Slate Press
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Amy Bruno
Royal Beauty Bright is a seriously impressive debut historical from Ryan Byrnes!

When I first heard of this book it reminded me of an old Garth Brooks song, 'Belleau Wood', which was the first time I had heard of the Christmas Truce of WWI. I can't even get through the first few lines of the song without breaking down crying. It's such a haunting song but beautiful.

Alternating between the Western Front on Christmas Eve & Christmas in 1914, and back to 1897, Royal Beaut
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Two brother, one who is autistic and the other who left the family years ago are now in the midst of WWI. Luther, who is autistic was tricked into enlisting is in the forefront of a battle field. Jim, the older brother had no other choice but to return home, finds his mother in disarray and that Luther has been sent into battle. His mother's Christmas wish, for Jim to bring Luther home. Jim, although upset at his mother seeming to only be worried about Luther, sets out to find his brother. Luthe ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Baker family was not the typical family of Leamington Spa, England in the late 1800's. Mrs. Baker is a widow who runs her own sweets shop, her oldest son, Luther is different from other children. People say he is possessed or a lunatic, what we would now diagnose as autism. Luther's younger brother, Jim protects Luther furiously, but still takes the brunt of his mother's pain and frustration. One day as Jim and Luther are playing with Jim's best friend, Rodney, Luther pushes Rodney and hurts ...more
Jathan Fink
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Royal Beauty Bright, and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this book. For such a young writer, Ryan Byrnes has penned a story that is by turns heartbreaking, humorous, inspiring, and compelling. I read a lot of fiction that takes place around the two world wars, yet I seldom encounter characters I enjoy meeting as much as I did Luther, Jim, and Rodney. I am still amazed that Byrnes wrote this book when he was a senior in high school! It is brilliant, heartfelt, and truly a joy to ...more
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I was born to a military family that frequently relocated across the Midwest, turning the prairies of North Dakota, Ohio, and Illinois into a home. Between moves, my siblings and I invented ways to entertain ourselves. I quickly learned an affinity for literature – reading young adult novels and writing short stories. I was part of the Harry Potter generation.

By my freshman year of hig